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Matt Austin

Matt Austin

Partner

Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
matt.austin@nelsonmullins.com

Matt focuses his practice on healthcare and white collar litigation, using his experience as both an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, where he was cross-designated to handle both criminal and civil matters, and as an Assistant Solicitor (i.e., Assistant District Attorney) in South Carolina’s...

Matt focuses his practice on healthcare and white collar litigation, using his experience as both an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, where he was cross-designated to handle both criminal and civil matters, and as an Assistant Solicitor (i.e., Assistant District Attorney) in South Carolina’s First Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He has had more than 20 criminal jury trials tried to verdict, in addition to a three-week complex civil trial involving faulty construction claims while in private practice. As an AUSA, Matt tried a number of complex cases involving health care fraud, environmental crimes, whistleblower complaints, international money laundering, bank fraud, international maritime treaties, and human trafficking. Matt has successfully led grand jury investigations and prosecutions of a wide range of white-collar crimes involving more than 20 different federal agencies. He has argued before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Matt Austin

First Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He has had more than 20 criminal jury trials tried to verdict, in addition to a three-week complex civil trial involving faulty construction claims while in private practice. As an AUSA, Matt tried a number of complex cases involving health care fraud, environmental crimes, whistleblower complaints, international money laundering, bank fraud, international maritime treaties, and human trafficking. Matt has successfully led grand jury investigations and prosecutions of a wide range of white-collar crimes involving more than 20 different federal agencies. He has argued before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Matt focuses his practice on healthcare and white collar litigation, using his experience as both an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, where he was cross-designated to handle both criminal and civil matters, and as an Assistant Solicitor (i.e., Assistant District Attorney) in South Carolina’s... First Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He has had more than 20 criminal jury trials tried to verdict, in addition to a three-week complex civil trial involving faulty construction claims while in private practice. As an AUSA, Matt tried a number of complex cases involving health care fraud, environmental crimes, whistleblower complaints, international money laundering, bank fraud, international maritime treaties, and human trafficking. Matt has successfully led grand jury investigations and prosecutions of a wide range of white-collar crimes involving more than 20 different federal agencies. He has argued before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Experience

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Previous Professional Experience

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Charleston, S.C. (2014–2020)
  • Litigation Associate, Charleston office of S.C. law firm (2013–2014)
  • First Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Assistant Solicitor (2010–2013)
  • AudiaHealth, LLC, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (2008–2010)

Education

  • Medical University of South Carolina, MHA, Healthcare (2012)
  • Charleston School of Law, JD (2009)
  • University of the South (Sewanee), BA, History (2005)

Admissions

  • South Carolina

Practice Areas

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  • Received a Special Commendation from the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division for the successful investigation and convictions after a three-week trial concerning environmental pollution and obstruction of justice
  • Received a Special Commendation for “outstanding service” from the South Carolina Bar Association for his service as the chair of the Health Care section
  • Received an appointment to represent the Health Care section in the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates
  • S.C. Supreme Court Pro Bono Honor Roll (2021)
  • South Carolina Bar, House of Delegates (2020–present)
  • Federal Bar Association, Board Member (2016–present)
  • Chair of the Health Care Law Section of the South Carolina Bar (2019–2020)
  • Responsible for organizing and teaching at multiple CLE seminars
  • South Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy, Class of 2016
  • Charleston School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors (2013–2015)
  • Board Member, Charleston Day School (2021–present)
  • City of Charleston Citizen Police Advisory Council (2020)
  • Board Member, Charleston Youth Development Center (2020–present)
  • Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force, Board Member (2019–present)
  • Roper St. Francis Fellowship, Class of 2013
  • Porter-Gaud Alumni Board member (2007–2008)